01/20/2012 4:32PM

Gulfstream Park: Shackleford impresses with drill

Barbara D. Livingston
Shackleford will make his 4-year-old debut in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap on Feb. 11.

The work of the day went to Shackleford, who went five furlongs from the half-mile pole in 58.63, breaking off nearly a dozen lengths behind stablemates Cars and Trucks and Fire Attack before easily running down and splitting the pair nearing the wire. Shackleford was set down for the final eighth-mile into the turn, galloped out six furlongs in 1:11.22, and pulled up seven-eighths in 1:25.

Shackleford, runner-up in the Grade 1 Florida Derby here last spring, will make his 2012 debut against a star-studded field of handicap runners in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap on Feb. 11.

Two other top members of the local handicap division, Mucho Macho Man and Redeemed, also worked here Friday.

Mucho Macho Man went five-eighths in 1:00.03 shortly before 7 a.m., while Redeemed covered six furlongs in 1:12.38 immediately after the renovation break.

Mucho Macho Man will launch his 4-year-old campaign next Saturday in the Florida Sunshine Millions Classic, while Redeemed, like Shackleford, is penciled in for the Donn.

“I thought he went really well again today,” said Kathy Ritvo who trains Mucho Macho Man. “The Sunshine Millions is not a prep for something else. He already had his prep before he left New York. He’s ready for his best performance next week.”

Pomeroys Pistol fires a bullet

At Palm Meadows, Pomeroys Pistol posted a bullet three-eighths drill in 35.65 on Friday for trainer Amy Tarrant. Pomeroys Pistol will take on Eclipse Award winner Musical Romance in the Florida Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint.

The black-letter half-mile work Friday at Palm Meadows was posted by Soldat who covered the distance in 47.02. Soldat, impressive winner of the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth here last winter but a disappointing fifth as the favorite in the Florida Derby, has not started since finishing 11th after pressing the early pace in the Kentucky Derby.

Belle of the Hall ends drought

Belle of the Hall posted her first victory in nearly 15 months when rallying from last to run down odds-on Strike the Moon to capture Friday’s $60,000 allowance feature under jockey Elvis Trujillo. Belle of the Hall was winless in seven starts in 2011, but was stakes placed on a couple of occasions last year.

“We played around with her a little last year and maybe ran her at the wrong distances,” trainer Tom Albertrani said. “She’s best at six furlongs to seven-eighths. This was a Grade 3-type field she beat today and off this race we could possibly bring her back in the Hurricane Bertie.”

The Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie will be decided at seven furlongs on Feb. 19.

◗ Calder racing secretary Mike Anifantis reminds horsemen that stall applications for the 2012 meet are due Friday, Jan. 27. He also said the 2012 stakes schedule is expected to be released sometime late next week. Calder re-opens April 9.